Cruijff takes legal action against Ajax board

28th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former Ajax star player and Barcelona coach Johan Cruijff has launched a new offensive in his struggle to gain control of the Amsterdam football club.

The former number 14- appointed to the Ajax board of governors in June - and 10 of the club’s youth coaches have announced they will take legal steps against a decision by the other four governors to appoint Louis van Gaal as the club’s new general manager. Martin Sturkenboom was appointed interim general manager and Danny Blind interim technical manager.

Mr Cruijff and the youth coaches say they have no objections to Sturkenboom, Blind and Van Gaal, but argue that their appointment is not legally valid because it was made in the absence of Cruijff.

However, it is common knowledge that he was furious over the board’s refusal in August to appoint his candidate Tscheu La Ling as the new general manager.

The appointments are reportedly also a violation of the club’s new policies agreed by both the board of governors and the club’s members' council in September. The position of technical manager was scrapped and head coaches Frank de Boer, Wim Jonk en Dennis Bergkamp were made responsible for all technical matters.

Board Chairman Steven ten Have said he did not want to react to Cruijff’s announcement because he had been informed by the media instead of by his fellow governor and therefore did not have all the facts. He said that the appointments were made in the absence of Johan Cruijff because various attempts to reach him by phone and email had failed.

The Ajax members’ council is scheduled to meet on Monday and choose a side in the ongoing power struggle.


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